bundy boy

The following article appeared in the Bundbaberg News-Mail on Saturday 14th Aug 2010.

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A life up on the big and small screens.

After graduating from NIDA, Caesar has had many roles on TV and the big screen.  On TV, his roles have included appearances in 30 Seconds, My Place, All Saints, Home and Away, Water Rats, GP, A Country Practice, Big Sky, The Feds, Soldier Soldier, Murder Call, Young Lions and in the ABC's acclaimed series Heartland.  He has acted in feature films - The Square, Cross Life, Gino, and The Well - and toured inRomeo and Juliet and in King Lear.  Caesar said his father was a former policeman, and he got to play a police officer in The Square.  He has also coached aspiring actors for 14 years.  Caesar has taught at NIDA since 2006 and is the core tutor at NIDA's Drama Studio.

Bundy boy a real class act.

For Paul Caesar, life has rather been about contrasts — perhaps none more so than his transition from Bundaberg railway station porter to acting classmate of superstar Cate Blanchett.  Now Caesar is a successful actor with numerous film and TV roles to his name, as well as being a highly respected coach helping others in the thespian world.  And on Saturday, August 28, he will bring his skills and experience back home for an acting workshop at the Playhouse Theatre.

Caesar said although he was born in Brisbane, he grew up in Bundaberg, where his parents still lived.  He attended school at the Christian Brothers and then at Shalom College for the first year of its existence.  One of the reasons he is coming back to Bundaberg is for the 25th reunion of his school class.  “It’s been 20 years since I left Bundaberg,” he said.  Caesar said his early acting experience was with the Bundaberg Players.  “In about 1981, I was in a Players production of The King and I, and that was the first thing I did with them,” he said.  “After that I was hooked, and there were times I spent seven nights a week at the Playhouse doing acting, directing, choreography and behind-the-scenes work.”  After leaving school, he worked as a railway porter, then auditioned for the demanding National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and won a coveted place. He graduated from NIDA with a diploma, which he later converted to a degree in dramatic art.

Caesar has also experienced the tough times of a professional actor’s life.  “I’ve been out of work more than I’ve been in work,” he said.  “But now I’m doing lots of coaching, helping people prepare for auditions, and I do a lot of teaching at NIDA.”  Caesar said while he loved acting, he was finding himself doing more and more directing.

Bundaberg acting identity Nigel Dick said he was the Bundaberg Players youth director when Caesar started out with the group.  “You could see he had a certain gift,” he said.  Mr Caesar’s exploits can be tracked at www.creativestate.com.au